Hochul Nominates Judge from Western NY for State’s Top Court

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Gov. Kathy Hochul nominated a seasoned judge from western New York to the state’s top court on Wednesday.

If the state Senate confirms Justice Shirley Troutman, she will be only the second Black woman to serve on the Court of Appeals.

Troutman has been a member of the Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court’s Fourth Judicial Department in Rochester since 2016. She has been a judge for over three decades, having previously served on the state Supreme Court, the Erie County Court, and the Buffalo City Court.

Hochul said in a prepared statement, “Justice Troutman has a great legal mind, a fair-minded judicial ideology, exceptional qualifications, and a dedication to equal justice that informs her approach from the bench.” “I am convinced she will serve on the New York State Court of Appeals with distinction.”

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Troutman is competent for the job, according to Hazel Dukes, president of the NAACP New York State Conference, “but she also has the lived experience to guarantee she handles those who come before her with compassion, decency, and respect.”

Her legal degree came from Albany Law School, and her undergraduate degree came from the University of Buffalo. She has lived in western New York for a long period.

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